When most 14-year olds are worried about their grades, Antionio Nunez must be living every waking moment in utter terror:
“The issue is being litigated in court. Last March, two criminal defense lawyers filed a petition for a writ of habeas corpus in the California Supreme Court challenging the sentencing of Antonio Nunez, who is serving life without parole after being convicted of kidnapping and attempted murder in 2003.
“Nunez, who was 14 when the 2001 crimes occurred, was riding in the car of a 27-year-old man he had met at a party. The man offered him a ride home, and on the way kidnapped another man and then negotiated with the man’s brother for ransom.
“‘Nunez’s case is the only known case nationwide in which a 14-year-old was sentenced to die in prison for his involvement in a single incident in which no one was injured,’ according to the petition filed by attorneys Bryan A. Stevenson of Montgomery, Ala., and Jack M. Earley of Irvine. They contend that the sentence violates the Eighth Amendment prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment.
“The California attorney general’s office recently filed papers opposing Nunez’ release and the California Supreme Court may might hear the case next year.”
California a leader in number of youths in prison for life. The state has 227 inmates serving such sentences for crimes committed before they were 18, a new study says, by Henry Weinstein, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer, November 19, 2007
Nunez’s case is the only known case nationwide in which a 14-year-old was sentenced to die in prison for his involvement in a single incident in which no one was injured…
Are we fucking insane doing this to a 14-year old child? God, I’m disgusted with California sometimes. Hey, Jerry Brown, CA AG, this is your big chance to do the right thing. I was wondering where you were and what you were doing lately.